Jetsí Rookie Geno Smith to play Saturday vs. Giants
“We’ll let other teams choose to name their starters whenever, but for us, we’re not comfortable making that decision right now,” Ryan said. “So we want to have a thorough evaluation of our quarterbacks before we make that decision.”
The rookie quarterback Smith is competing with veteran Mark Sanchez for the starting job under center. But so far Smith has only played in one preseason game, during which he injured his right ankle, at Detroit. He sat out the Jets’ second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. But Rex Ryan hopes to put Smith back on the field this week against the New York Giants.
Tuesday’s practice was the second straight day Smith worked out without limping across the field. He worked with the first-team offense, as scheduled, and completed 11-fo12- of his passes. The only incomplete pass was tipped at the line. Smith was also sacked once and had an interception in 7-on-7 drills. Meanwhile Sanchez complete 4-of-7 passes on Tuesday.
“(Smith) looked good,” Ryan said. “I still don’t think he’s 100 percent, but I think he’s certainly getting closer to that. I thought he had his moments where he really threw the ball well.”
However, Ryan was remained cryptic on the subject of Smith possibly starting on Saturday, though many fans believe he should get a shot following Sanchez’s unimpressive performance so far in the preseason.
“I don’t want to get into the ifs, ands, whatever, because we’re not there yet. We expect him to play. I hope so,” Ryan said. “At that position, I want to see a guy that gets the job done and is efficient, is accurate and plays with poise.”
Most teams have their starters locked in by the third preseason game (or even the fourth) since the final games in this period are often considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season. However, Ryan is not comfortable naming his starter even before the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles next week.
“I don’t want to be tied in. I don’t want to be sitting back (hearing people) saying, ‘Well, you said absolutely,’ and all of a sudden we aren’t comfortable (naming a starter before the fourth game),” Ryan said. “I certainly understand that, generally, those decisions happen before the fourth preseason game. I understand that’s normal protocol. Will our situation be that way? I don’t know.”